A moment like that is everything wonderful about Tony Gwynn. It wasn't just his unreal achievements, or the joy he communicated on the field, or the unlikely sight of a player who looked the way he did doing the things he could do, that made him so loved. It was the very real, very true sense in which he represented a continuity between past and present, making the game Ted Williams played our own and so making all of baseball's claims about history and tradition true, at least when he was working. There was no one else like him, and baseball is immeasurably lessened for his passing.


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